Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (394)

Bernard Durkan


394. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 130 of 22 November 2012, the current position in respect of entitlement to illness benefit in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6 whose employer and general practitioner have previously deemed them unfit for work; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8109/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Payment of illness benefit, to the person concerned, was disallowed by a Deciding Officer following an examination by a Medical Assessor of the Department who expressed the opinion that he was capable of work.

An appeal was registered on 13th November 2012 and the Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that, in accordance with statutory requirements, the Department was asked for the documentation in the case and the Deciding Officer’s comments on the grounds of the appeal. In that context an examination by another Medical Assessor will be carried out on 18th February 2013.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.